Matt Murphy's

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Matt Murphy'sMatt Murphy's

Type: Bar, Eatery

14 Harvard St
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445-7905
United States

(617) 232-0188 | map

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Added by trumpetego on 04-30-2009

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1/5  rDev -70.7%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.33/5  rDev +27%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I used to visit Matt Murphy's pretty regularly when I lived in Coolidge Corner. Often, we'd swing by after dinner at Orinoco next door, but the food at Matt Murphy's is some of the best take on pub fare I've ever had.

They recently redid the interior, which now has seats all around a new bar, in addition to some nice, understated wood paneling, new artwork and a few booths. It's nice, but I loved the slightly eerie, very dark vibe of the previous incarnation. I'd like the space a lot if I had never been in the old, so I guess that means it's pretty good, and having more seats at the bar is nice.

The tap list here is pretty impressive for such a small spot--two Smuttynose taps, Cisco Grey Lady, Dogfish Head Raison, a real cider, several German beers and so on. The beers are all pretty reasonably priced as well.

This is definitely the best place in Brookline Village to grab a beer in my mind, and probably the best all the way up through Coolidge Corner. They used to do music here, which was neat in a way--such a small space in such a quiet neighborhood with so much going on inside. Still, the quietness and relaxed atmosphere in here is great accompaniment to a good beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I had dinner in Coolidge Corner on Saturday night. Driving through Brookline Village on the way home, she asked me if I had ever been to Matt Murphy's. Out of all the years I have lived in Boston, I have not been here. So I managed to find a parking spot and we went in for a quick beer. Cool looking place inside. Very dark atmosphere, only lit by candles this evening. The whole place looks to be made of dark wood. Eerie but cool paintings adorn the walls. Very odd bar though. There are no seats, just two or three as you walk in on the short side. The length of the room is standing room only at the bar. We sat at a dining table for two though. Decent selection of beers. There were about 12-14 on tap; they only had a few bottles listed. Focus was on local beers and mainstream imports. My wife had a Cisco Grey Lady and I had a Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest. They were about $5.50 each. Small crowd this night, and no one near us was eating. But I have been told the food is decent here. Cool place, but a bit out of the way if you don't live in the immediate area. But I am glad to have had a chance to finally have a pint at this Brookline drinking institution.

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Matt Murphy's in Brookline, MA
3.41 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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